ORDINARY TIME, Week 4: Friday

“Let your life be free from love of money but be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never forsake you or abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5.)

In commenting on these verses from today’s First Reading, Saint John Chrysostom writes:

“And having first set down, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled,” he shows that he rightly added what follows. For if marriage has been conceded, justly is the fornicator punished, justly does the adulterer suffer recompense. He did not say again, “Let no one be a fornicator” but having said it once for all, he then went on as with a general exhortation, and not as directing himself against them.

“Be content with what you have,” he says. He did not say, “Possess nothing,” but “be content with what you have,” that is, let it show forth the philosophical character of your mind. And it will show it, if we do not seek superfluities, if we keep only to what is necessary. For he says above also, “you joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods.” He gives these exhortations that they might not be covetous.” (On the Epistle to the Hebrews, 33.)

Grant us, Lord our God,
that we may honor You with all our mind,
and love everyone in truth of heart.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen